Darrick Hamilton


Darrick Hamilton is the incoming Henry Cohen professor of economics and urban policy at The New School. He will also serve as the founding director of the newly created Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at The New School. Currently, he is finishing out his position as the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He also holds a primary faculty appointment in the university’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, with courtesy appointments in the Departments of Economics and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Hamilton is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar whose work fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences, and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, and nativity inequality in education, economic, and health outcomes. This work involves crafting and implementing innovative routes and policies that break down social hierarchy, empower people, and move society toward greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has authored numerous scholarly articles on socioeconomic stratification in education, marriage, wealth, homeownership, health (including mental health), and labor market outcomes. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The American Prospect, the Christian Science Monitor, Dissent Magazine, and The Huffington Post.


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‘Stratification’ Theory Tackles the Racial Blindspots of Orthodox Economics

Video | Nov 2, 2016

Economist Darrick Hamilton and Institute President Rob Johnson discuss “stratification economics”, which addresses the failure of orthodox economics to see, explain and point to remedies for persistent racial inequality.

Baby Bonds: A Plan for Black/White Wealth Equality Conservatives Could Love?

Article | Oct 25, 2016

Darrick Hamilton calls for spreading the benefits of asset-ownership to all Americans.